David Kherdian Root River Return

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Root River Return

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In his long anticipated poetic memoir, internationally acclaimed author and poet David Kherdian continues his poetic reflections, focusing on the city of his youth, Racine, Wisconsin during the 1930 s and 40 s. The poems and prose explore the bittersweet childhood and adolescence of the author at a time when the second generation of Armenian-Americans experienced not only the Depression and the war years, but also the anguish of dual identity, deracination, and discrimination. It was a stressful and confusing era, especially for children and adolescents who had little guidance and no social scientist to verbalize their plight. Meanwhile their impoverished parents, mostly peasants from the old country, were going through the trauma of genocide memories and survival in a strange land.

Kherdian portrays the various layers of these stresses in pain and in joy, compassion and understanding. Kherdian succeeds at a very difficult job: he has "forgiven" his childhood. His old friends are all here and remembered with tenderness. Eggs Krikorian, Dominic Galati, Chuck (Horse) Kamakian, Nancy Jacobsen, Gob Kaiserlian, fishing ace
Joe Perch, Dafje Vartan, Ray Rodriguez, Lotch Oglanian.

The vibrant mosaic of Racine is also here: the rag man calling from his horse-drawn wagon, bridges, trains, Lake Michigan, Garfield [elementary] School, the Boranian Grocery Store on State Street, driving to a picnic in his uncle's Model- A Ford, the Root River which separated and joined the various communities, St. Mesrob Armenian Church, downtown's Monument Square, Rex, Rialto, and Venetian theatres, and the Armenian sourjarran (coffee house). They all come alive as Kherdian rolls back the years gently into his sometimes gray, sometimes luminescent boyhood.

The poems and prose of Root River Return spring from an ancient tradition and bear its stain. The poems are filtered through Kherdian s sensibilities that are uniquely Armenian, but welded to an American tongue, and the solid background of his Midwestern beginnings. Kherdian addresses his life through these poems, digging beneath the events of each experience, pushing them into the light, and revealing their meanings.

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David Kherdian is an internationally acclaimed author of 73 books, 23 of them poetry. David's biography of his mother (The Road from Home) the sole survivor of her family during the Armenian genocide, has been continuously in print for 36 years, and has been translated into seventeen languages. His longstanding dedication to ethnic American literature led to the production of three seminal works: Settling America: The Ethnic Expression of 14 Contemporary Poets, Forgotten Bread: Armenian American Writers of the First Generation, and Forkroads: A Journal of Ethnic-American Literature. David has also written numerous spiritual titles, including Monkey: A Journey to the West, Buddha: The Story of an Awakened Life, On A Spaceship with Beelzebub: By A Grandson of Gurdjieff, and Seeds of Light: Poems from a Gurdjieff Community. He has received numerous awards including a Newbery Honor Book Award, The Boston Globe / Horn Book Award, The Jane Addams Award, The Friends of American Writers Award, The Armenian Star Award, and a nomination for the National Book Award.

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